CARLISLE Food Bank has issued an urgent callout for financial and food donations as they continue to be inundated with families impacted by the cost of living crisis. 

Even before April's fuel hikes sparked spiralling living costs in Cumbria the number of adults using the food donation service increased from 55 to 139 whilst the number of children needing food parcels has increased from 39 to 81.

Now demand for the lifeline food parcel service has soared with families struggling to pay for heating and food. 

The call for help comes as the News & Star has revealed the big differences in petrol costs around Carlisle and West Cumbria as commuters feel the pinch. 

Manager Stephanie Humes said: "We at Carlisle Foodbank have seen a huge rise in the number of people we're supporting.

"With fuel prices having just increased to record levels, we anticipate more people than ever will need a little bit of extra help."

The volunteers are also taking part in a cycle for food event at The Gym Group Carlisle on April 27. 

Stephanie added: "We're fundraising in the most fun and fantastic way possible, with our staff and volunteers completing timed challenges on exercise bikes at the Gym Group Carlisle, to whom we're so grateful for the support.

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"All donations will be used to purchase essential food items for families and individuals in the Carlisle area. You're also incredibly welcome to donate food items!

"We'll have a collection point at the Gym Group on the day, and other donation points and details of what we're most in need of are always being updated on our website

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